form of arthritis can be effectively treated with
modern therapeutic and supportive regimens.
Some forms of arthritis like rheumatic fever and
infective arthritis are curable. In fact, early
diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic fever arthritis,
common in children, cures the arthritis and long
term penicillin therapy further prevents complications
in the heart.
arthritis and chronic inflammatory spondylitis
can be treated and controlled to such an extent
that the disease does not affect the life –style
of the individual patient.
therapeutic success in chronic forms of arthritis
really depends on the state of the disease at
which long term treatment has begun.
many forms of soft tissue rheumatism are curable,
especially when the factors responsible for their
causation are recognized and managed.
the success of treatment in arthritis depends
not only on drugs but also on patient-doctor relationship,
regular exercise programme and change in the mental
attitude of the patients.
orthopedic surgery is performed as an important
step in the treatment of chronic arthritis with
disabling deformities, to alleviate pain and improve
ambulation and quality of life. Arthroscopy of
certain joints for example knee, shoulder, may
be surgically done to remove the cause of pain
and disability. A totally useless but painful
joint may be replaced by an artificial prosthesis
to restore painless function. Similarly, certain
deformities may be corrected by special surgery.